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Ball vs. Sphere: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
A ball is a round object, often used for games and sports, while a sphere is a perfect geometrical object in 3D space, uniformly round in all directions.
Ball vs. Sphere

Key Differences

A ball is a round, often spherical object used in various games and sports, made from materials like rubber, leather, or plastic. While a sphere is a geometric shape, perfectly symmetrical, with all points on the surface at an equal distance from the center.
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Balls are made to be durable and suitable for specific activities, like basketball or soccer, with various sizes and textures. A sphere, in geometry and mathematics, is an idealized concept of a round body, with no irregularities.
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The term 'ball' can also refer to spherical objects used in machinery, like ball bearings. In contrast, the concept of a sphere is important in physics and astronomy, representing celestial bodies like planets and stars.
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While balls are tangible objects with practical uses, spheres are often theoretical models used in scientific calculations and visual representations.
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Balls are culturally significant, found in games and rituals, symbolizing unity and competition. Spheres, on the other hand, represent perfection and symmetry in art, science, and philosophy.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

A round object for sports and games
A perfectly round 3D geometrical object
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Material

Made of rubber, leather, or plastic
Theoretical, no specific material
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Uses

Used in sports, games, machinery
Used in geometry, physics, astronomy
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Characteristics

Durable, varying sizes and textures
Perfectly symmetrical, idealized shape
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Cultural Significance

Symbolizes unity, competition in sports
Represents perfection, symmetry in science
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Ball and Sphere Definitions

Ball

In machinery, a ball refers to a spherical bearing.
The machine's efficiency depends on the smoothness of its ball bearings.
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Sphere

In mathematics, sphere refers to a surface equidistant from a center point.
He calculated the area of the sphere for his geometry assignment.
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Ball

Ball can also mean a rounded part or lump.
She rolled the dough into a small ball.
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Sphere

In astronomy, a sphere often represents celestial bodies.
Astronomers study planets and stars, which are generally spherical.
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Ball

In the context of a party or celebration, 'ball' can signify a good time.
We had a ball at the beach party.
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Sphere

(Mathematics) A three-dimensional surface, all points of which are equidistant from a fixed point.
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Ball

A spherical object or entity
A steel ball.
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Sphere

A spherical object or figure.
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Ball

A spherical or almost spherical body
A ball of flame.
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Sphere

A celestial body, such as a planet or star.
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Ball

Any of various movable and round or oblong objects used in various athletic activities and games.
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Sphere

The sky, appearing as a hemisphere to an observer
The sphere of the heavens.
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Ball

Such an object moving, thrown, hit, or kicked in a particular manner
A low ball.
A fair ball.
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Sphere

Any of a series of concentric, transparent, revolving globes that together were once thought to contain the moon, sun, planets, and stars.
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Ball

A game, especially baseball or basketball, played with such an object.
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Sphere

A range or extent of knowledge, interest, or activity
A problem that falls within the sphere of biophysics.
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Ball

A pitched baseball that does not pass through the strike zone and is not swung at by the batter.
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Sphere

A social level or part of society or group
Knew few people beyond his partner's sphere.
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Ball

A solid spherical or pointed projectile, such as one shot from a cannon.
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Sphere

A range of power or influence
Within the sphere of the empire.
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Ball

Projectiles of this kind considered as a group.
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Sphere

To form into a sphere.
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Ball

A rounded part or protuberance, especially of the body
The ball of the foot.
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Sphere

To put in or within a sphere.
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Ball

A testicle.
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Sphere

(mathematics) A regular three-dimensional object in which every cross-section is a circle; the figure described by the revolution of a circle about its diameter . Category:en:Surfaces
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Ball

Balls Courage, especially when reckless.
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Sphere

A spherical physical object; a globe or ball.
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Ball

Balls Great presumptuousness.
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Sphere

The apparent outer limit of space; the edge of the heavens, imagined as a hollow globe within which celestial bodies appear to be embedded.
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Ball

A formal gathering for social dancing.
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Sphere

Any of the concentric hollow transparent globes formerly believed to rotate around the Earth, and which carried the heavenly bodies; there were originally believed to be eight, and later nine and ten; friction between them was thought to cause a harmonious sound (the music of the spheres).
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Ball

(Informal) An extremely enjoyable time or experience
We had a ball during our vacation.
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Sphere

(mythology) An area of activity for a planet; or by extension, an area of influence for a god, hero etc.
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Ball

To form into a ball.
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Sphere

(figuratively) The region in which something or someone is active; one's province, domain.
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Ball

Vulgar Slang To have sexual intercourse with.
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Sphere

(geometry) The set of all points in three-dimensional Euclidean space (or n-dimensional space, in topology) that are a fixed distance from a fixed point .
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Ball

To become formed into a ball.
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Sphere

(logic) The extension of a general conception, or the totality of the individuals or species to which it may be applied.
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Ball

Vulgar Slang To have sexual intercourse.
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Sphere

(transitive) To place in a sphere, or among the spheres; to ensphere.
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Ball

A solid or hollow sphere, or roughly spherical mass.
A ball of spittle; a fecal ball
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Sphere

(transitive) To make round or spherical; to perfect.
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Ball

A quantity of string, thread, etc., wound into a spherical shape.
A ball of wool; a ball of twine
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Sphere

A body or space contained under a single surface, which in every part is equally distant from a point within called its center.
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(mathematics) Homologue or analogue of a disk in the Euclidean plane.
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Sphere

Hence, any globe or globular body, especially a celestial one, as the sun, a planet, or the earth.
Of celestial bodies, first the sun,A mighty sphere, he framed.
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(mathematics) In 3-dimensional Euclidean space, the volume bounded by a sphere.
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Sphere

The apparent surface of the heavens, which is assumed to be spherical and everywhere equally distant, in which the heavenly bodies appear to have their places, and on which the various astronomical circles, as of right ascension and declination, the equator, ecliptic, etc., are conceived to be drawn; an ideal geometrical sphere, with the astronomical and geographical circles in their proper positions on it.
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(mathematics) The set of points in a metric space of any number of dimensions lying within a given distance (the radius) of a given point.
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Sphere

The extension of a general conception, or the totality of the individuals or species to which it may be applied.
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(mathematics) The set of points in a topological space lying within some open set containing a given point.
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Sphere

Circuit or range of action, knowledge, or influence; compass; province; employment; place of existence.
To be called into a huge sphere, and not to be seen to move in 't.
Taking her out of the ordinary relations with humanity, and inclosing her in a sphere by herself.
Each in his hidden sphere of joy or woeOur hermit spirits dwell.
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Ball

A solid, spherical nonexplosive missile for a cannon, rifle, gun, etc.
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Rank; order of society; social positions.
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Ball

A jacketed non-expanding bullet, typically of military origin.
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Sphere

An orbit, as of a star; a socket.
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Ball

Such bullets collectively.
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Sphere

To place in a sphere, or among the spheres; to insphere.
The glorious planet SolIn noble eminence enthroned and spheredAmidst the other.
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Ball

A roundish, protuberant portion of some part of the body.
The ball of the thumb
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Sphere

To form into roundness; to make spherical, or spheral; to perfect.
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Ball

(anatomy) The front of the bottom of the foot, just behind the toes.
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Sphere

A particular environment or walk of life;
His social sphere is limited
It was a closed area of employment
He's out of my orbit
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Ball

The globe; the earthly sphere.
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Sphere

Any spherically shaped artifact
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Ball

An object that is the focus of many sports and games, in which it may be thrown, caught, kicked, bounced, rolled, chased, retrieved, hit with an instrument, spun, etc., usually roughly spherical but whose size, weight, bounciness, colour, etc. differ according to the game
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Sphere

The geographical area in which one nation is very influential
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Ball

Any sport or game involving a ball; its play, literally or figuratively.
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Sphere

A particular aspect of life or activity;
He was helpless in an important sector of his life
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Ball

A pitch that falls outside of the strike zone.
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Sphere

A solid figure bounded by a spherical surface (including the space it encloses)
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Ball

An opportunity to launch the pinball into play.
If you get to a million points, you get another ball.
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Sphere

A three-dimensional closed surface such that every point on the surface is equidistant from the center
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Ball

A single delivery by the bowler, six of which make up an over.
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Sphere

The apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
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Ball

A pass; a kick of the football towards a teammate.
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Sphere

A sphere is a perfectly round three-dimensional shape.
The globe is a model of the Earth in the shape of a sphere.
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Ball

A testicle.
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Sphere

Sphere can imply a field or area of interest or activity.
Her work spans a wide sphere of social sciences.
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Ball

(in the plural) Nonsense.
That’s a load of balls, and you know it!
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Sphere

Sphere can also symbolize a range of influence or control.
His sphere of influence extended beyond the local community.
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Ball

(in the plural) Courage.
I doubt he’s got the balls to tell you off.
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Ball

A leather-covered cushion, fastened to a handle called a ballstock; formerly used by printers for inking the form, then superseded by the roller.
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Ball

A large pill, a form in which medicine was given to horses; a bolus.
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Ball

 One thousand US dollars.
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Ball

A formal dance.
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Ball

(informal) A very enjoyable time.
I had a ball at that concert.
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Ball

A competitive event among young African-American and Latin American LGBTQ+ people in which prizes are awarded for drag and similar performances. See ball culture.
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Ball

(transitive) To form or wind into a ball.
To ball cotton
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(metalworking) To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling.
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Ball

To have sexual intercourse with.
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(ambitransitive) To gather balls which cling to the feet, as of damp snow or clay; to gather into balls.
The horse balls
The snow balls
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Ball

To be hip or cool.
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Ball

(university slang) To reject from a fraternity or sorority. (blackball)
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Ball

To play basketball.
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Ball

(transitive) To punish by affixing a ball and chain.
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(Australian rules football) An appeal by the crowd for holding the ball against a tackled player. This is heard almost any time an opposition player is tackled, without regard to whether the rules about "prior opportunity" to dispose of the ball are fulfilled.
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Ball

Any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as, a ball of twine; a ball of snow.
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A spherical body of any substance or size used to play with, as by throwing, knocking, kicking, etc.
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A general name for games in which a ball is thrown, kicked, or knocked. See Baseball, and Football.
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Ball

Any solid spherical, cylindrical, or conical projectile of lead or iron, to be discharged from a firearm; as, a cannon ball; a rifle ball; - often used collectively; as, powder and ball. Spherical balls for the smaller firearms are commonly called bullets.
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A flaming, roundish body shot into the air; a case filled with combustibles intended to burst and give light or set fire, or to produce smoke or stench; as, a fire ball; a stink ball.
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Ball

A leather-covered cushion, fastened to a handle called a ballstock; - formerly used by printers for inking the form, but now superseded by the roller.
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A roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body; as, the ball of the thumb; the ball of the foot.
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Ball

A large pill, a form in which medicine is commonly given to horses; a bolus.
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The globe or earth.
Move round the dark terrestrial ball.
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A pitched ball, not struck at by the batter, which fails to pass over the home plate at a height not greater than the batter's shoulder nor less than his knee (i.e. it is outside the strike zone). If the pitcher pitches four balls before three strikes are called, the batter advances to first base, and the action of pitching four balls is called a walk.
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Ball

A testicle; usually used in the plural.
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Ball

Courage; nerve.
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Ball

A social assembly for the purpose of dancing; - usually applied to an occasion lavish or formal.
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Ball

A very enjoyable time; as, we had a ball at the wedding.
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Ball

To gather balls which cling to the feet, as of damp snow or clay; to gather into balls; as, the horse balls; the snow balls.
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Ball

To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling.
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Ball

To form or wind into a ball; as, to ball cotton.
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Ball

Round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games;
The ball travelled 90 mph on his serve
The mayor threw out the first ball
The ball rolled into the corner pocket
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Ball

A solid ball shot by a musket;
They had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball
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Ball

An object with a spherical shape;
A ball of fire
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Ball

The people assembled at a lavish formal dance;
The ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded
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Ball

One of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens;
She kicked him in the balls and got away
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Ball

A spherical object used as a plaything;
He played with his rubber ball in the bathtub
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Ball

United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989)
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Ball

A compact mass;
A ball of mud caught him on the shoulder
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Ball

A lavish formal dance
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Ball

A more or less rounded anatomical body or mass; ball of the human foot or ball at the base of the thumb;
He stood on the balls of his feet
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A ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of 9 players; teams take turns at bat trying to score run;
He played baseball in high school
There was a baseball game on every empy lot
There was a desire for National League ball in the area
Play ball!
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Ball

A pitch that is not in the strike zone;
He threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him
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Ball

Form into a ball by winding or rolling;
Ball wool
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Ball

A ball is a spherical object used in sports and games.
He kicked the soccer ball into the goal.
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Ball can mean a formal dance event.
They attended the charity ball in elegant attire.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Are all balls perfect spheres?

Not necessarily; some balls may not be perfectly spherical.
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What is a ball?

A round object used in games, sports, or machinery.
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Do balls have different textures?

Yes, depending on their specific sport or use.
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What is a sphere?

A perfect three-dimensional geometrical shape.
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Can a sphere exist in reality?

Spheres are idealized shapes, but many real objects approximate them.
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How is a sphere used in mathematics?

It’s studied for its properties and equations.
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Can a ball be used in a formal dance?

Yes, 'ball' can also mean a formal dance event.
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What materials are balls made from?

Rubber, leather, plastic, etc., depending on the use.
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What's the purpose of ball bearings?

To reduce friction and support radial and axial loads.
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How is 'having a ball' used in colloquial language?

It means having a great time or enjoying oneself.
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Is a sphere always the same size?

The size can vary, but its shape is always symmetrical.
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What sports use balls?

Soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis, and more.
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Can spheres be seen in everyday life?

Yes, in many objects like marbles, globes, and some fruits.
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Do all sports balls bounce?

No, not all sports balls are designed to bounce.
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What's the significance of spheres in physics?

They represent idealized shapes in theoretical models.
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Why are celestial bodies often spherical?

Gravity tends to pull matter into a spherical shape.
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Is the Earth a perfect sphere?

No, it’s slightly flattened at the poles (an oblate spheroid).
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Are there games that don't use spherical balls?

Yes, some games use non-spherical objects.
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What's the difference between a sphere and a circle?

A sphere is 3D, while a circle is a 2D shape.
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Are spheres important in architecture?

Yes, for designing domes and curved structures.
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